Redundancies not the only option for businesses in Covid crisis

Reordering shifts, implementing temporary lay-offs and cutting pay are all on the table, but there is first and foremost the human factor to consider

29th March, 2020
Redundancies not the only option for businesses in Covid crisis
Any steps taken to place staff on lay-off or short-term working arrangements should be by agreement with them. Picture: Getty

A significant number of businesses are cutting headcount to counter the impact of falling sales due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Redundancies are not the only option when cutting costs, however.

Short-time, for example, is the term used where an employee who works less than half their contractual hours can claim some social welfare payments. Other possibilities include pay cuts and lay-offs.

Having a contractual right to take any of these steps makes them simpler from...

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